Item no. 28491
"Lawrence 1912- The Bread and Roses Strike"
Throughout this painting strikers confront militia and police in skirmishes that communicate Fasanella's thematic message of organized resistance. A cutaway view of the City Hall courtroom along Common Street reveals the trial of strike leaders Joseph Ettor and Arturo Giovannitti, who were charged as accessories to murder and later acquitted. The most important images are at the bottom center, where a militiaman on a horse tramples a child, and at the upper right, where Fasanella depicts a mill worker crucified against a smokestack and entwined in cotton threads.
Painting by Ralph Fasanella from the Lawrence Heritage State Park, Department of Environmental Management, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
See the Ralph Fasanella exhibit for more information.